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Ridley Scott confirms Blade Runner TV series in the works

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Harrison Ford starred in the 1982 Blade Runner original (Picture: Warner Bros.)

One of the most critically acclaimed sci-fi movies ever made is getting the TV treatment, after Sir Ridley Scott confirmed that a small-screen adaptation of Blade Runner is on the way.

The filmmaker has revealed that live-action series being developed, with Sir Ridley busy working on the new project. He also updated fans on the previously announced Alien TV series.

The 83-year-old spoke to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme ahead of the release of his new film House of Gucci and confirmed that he had already ‘written the pilot for Blade Runner’ and what he called ‘the bible’, which is the plan for a 10-episode series.

Blade Runner was released in 1982 and remains one of the most influential sci-fi films ever made, starring Harrison Ford as replicant hunter Rick Deckard.

Sequel Blade Runner 2049 was well received back in 2017 and starred Ryan Gosling alongside Ford. An anime series, Blade Runner: Black Lotus, was also released in 2021 on Adult Swim.

Sir Ridley added: ‘We’re already into having written the pilot for Blade Runner and the bible, so we’re already presenting Blade Runner as a TV show, which will probably be the first 10 hours.

‘And then Alien is a similar thing. Alien is now being written for pilot.’

Alien is the film that made the director’s name back in 1979. It transported viewers to the spaceship Nostromo, with Sigourney Weaver, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt and Tom Skerritt at the mercy of an attack from a murderous alien life force.

There have been three sequels released in cinemas since, as well as the prequels Prometheus and Alien: Covenant and crossover Alien vs Predator films.

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Sigourney Weaver starred in 1979’s Alien (Picture: 20th Century Fox)

The series is expected to be eight to 10 hours long and currently in development at FX.

FX ‘s John Landgraf previously described the new project as ‘the first Alien story set on Earth’.

He said: ‘By blending both the timeless horror of the first Alien film with the non-stop action.’

It comes after Ridley blamed the box office failure of his recent film The Last Duel not on the pandemic, but millennials with mobile phones.

 

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